|Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction: A Novel Treatment Using Robust Model Predictive Control Supported by Noise Attenuation Technique
Hesham W. Gomma* and Jean Thomas
International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, vol. 15, no. 6, pp.2669-2680, 2017
Abstract : "Neurogenic bladder is one of the known diseases that affects the Lower Urinary Tract (LUT) leading
to a dysfunctional operating pattern. The disease is mainly attributed to disorders in the central nervous system
or peripheral nerves which play the major role in controlling the micturition process. This paper suggests a new
technique to treat this disease considering robust Model Predictive Control (MPC). The proposed MPC controller
proves capability to bring the dysfunctional LUT to its normal operating pattern while satisfying the nerve signal
constraints and demonstrates high degree of robustness when severe uncertainties between the model and real
patients are considered. In addition, in order to pave the way for applying the proposed controller to real patients,
the system resistance to external noise is investigated and an attenuation technique is introduced to reduce the
harmful effect of potential noise interference."
Model predictive control, neurogenic lower urinary tract, neurogenic bladder, robust control.